Wholesale Dropshipper also Selling on eBay

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9 Mar 15 12:53:52 pm
Hello from Down Under,

My Wholesale Dropshipper is selling on eBay AU at wholesale price + shipping.
How am i suppose to make a profit?
Is it worth the try?
Any suggestions as i am quite new to this game.
Cheers
Jackie

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9 Mar 15 08:05:55 pm
G'day Jackie and welcome to the forum

It's a big problem and only getting bigger these days as more and more suppliers use large sites like eBay to sell direct, squeezing out small online retailers. Of course it's one of the major factors as to why sites like eBay have such low prices. Often people mistake an eBay price for a retail price, but of course they are far below retail in most cases, if not all!

I've written a piece here on a marketing technique that you might find helpful Link hidden: Login to view


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9 Mar 15 10:55:34 pm
Thanks Marc,

I've read your article and think it is a good idea, but don't you think Salehoo should include in their verification process that a supplier also sells directly on another platform?
I've read similar threads on this forum.
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Jackie

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9 Mar 15 11:36:31 pm
Hi Jackie,

The problem with your idea is that not everyone uses suppliers to sell on an eBay or an Amazon alone or even at all. Many use to sell on their own websites where there is no competition and of course less cost, meaning the potential for margin is greater. Some also buy in wholesale and sell at market stalls and so on, so if we were to reject suppliers based on that criteria, then that would effect those members unfairly.

Even if we asked suppliers if they did sell direct to the public so we could inform members of that upfront, many would trade under a different name and simply tell us they don't and of course there is no way we would be able to verify that for members.

So while it's a frustrating part of e-commerce in today's market, it's not something we can counter through a verification process unfortunately. All we can do is verify the trader is legitimate for the trading safety of members, we can't even really verify them on prices because of course that relates back to how members are using the suppliers.

While one supplier may be too expensive to compete on eBay for whatever reason, that same supplier might be perfect for a member selling through their own site where they have the ability to make more margin due to lower operating costs.

E-commerce isn't really a one size fits all kind of deal, what isn't right for one person, can be perfect for another and that's why it's important for us to base our verification process on safety alone, and then members can work on who is best for themselves from there.


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10 Mar 15 01:26:21 am
Hi,
Thanks for your reply Marc
I just have to work smarter to counter this.
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Jackie

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